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    What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Im pretty new to the roasting revolution and was wondering if there are any tips for purchasing a popcorn maker for roasting. *Im currently roasting with a wok/lid on a BBQ, however roasting takes anywhere from 25-35 minutes. I believe the style with the vents on the side are best, but are there any other things I should be looking out for? eg: wattage, capacity etc. *PS: Im lovin this new hobby!!

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    A Breville Crazy Popper. Just modify a soup tin with some tin snips to make a "chimney" so the beans dont fly out as they roast, and youre set. Should cost ~$50 + soup. :P Also set it up outside, as the chaff does like to fly!

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    I got mine of ferralbay with free popcorn for under $20 posted seems to be a fair few come up.

    Brand of mine is MaitrieD and is looks the same as a couple Andy uses and has had for a long while. Flavour of the finished beans is fairly good too *8-)

    pic is not mine but is the same case by the look but is branded Volt



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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Ive been using a Tiffany popper which works well but I have no other popper experience to compare it to.

    Also using the soup tii chimney as AB describes above ( a necessary addition as the beans will overflow without one and it allows for 100g batch sizes.

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Thanks for your comments guys, much appreciated! :)

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    I found a popcorn machine that seems ideal, despite the price.

    Check out the Cuisinart Popcorn machine. It has an agitator at the bottom.

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6F484C436042434648542D0 link=1245147485/5#5 date=1245755512
    Check out the Cuisinart Popcorn machine.
    I just did (googled it). the first link that came up had 2 ratings reviews and both said "Great Idea...Lousy Quality"
    I dont think this would top a standard popper by the sounds of it

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    The Cuisinart appliance looks interesting; however, I am concerned that the large plastic covering bowl which is not oven safe may not survive the heat and heat radiation/retention of the beans. There is a three year warranty on the beast so it may be worth a gamble. Provided that when you front customer service with a large pool of smouldering plastic, you can convince them that you were only roasting popcorn... special popcorn.. yes... (insert Jedi mind trick here).

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    I am concerned that the large plastic covering bowl which is not oven safe may not survive the heat and heat radiation/retention of the beans.
    Brett Brett Brett, this is where the handy work is meant to kick in. Have you not seen all the examples on this site?

    Disappointing about those reviews. Oh well.

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    The 1st popper i used was a crazy popper from Breville. I did a few small batches(small handfulls) before figuring out that it was not only a better product but a lot cleaner to add the chimney and use bigger batches(3/4 - 1 cup + a pinch)

    When my Crazy popper finally blew a funny fuse(trust me, it wasnt funny!!!) i went second hand shop hunting. Picked up a Black and Decker and a Tiffany for $13 the pair. They look very alike but unfortunately they both have 200w less power than the Breville wich makes then lack in the fan department :(

    I have since given up on the popper roasting for this reason. I should probably go find another Crazy Popper from a retail store. The main reason i gave up on the popper roasting is that i keep raising the funds for a Hottop roaster but end up spending it elsewhere?!?!?!

    I swear though!!!! its the next thing on my list of "if the partner finds out im dead" things to buy. I have a couple of months to figure out how to hide it though as she is in south America!!!

    Now...im still trying to figure out how to disguise my new Dalla Corte :-? :-? :-?


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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Quote Originally Posted by 536A747A40581F0 link=1245147485/9#9 date=1250679475

    Now...im still trying to figure out how to disguise my new Dalla Corte *:-? :-? :-?
    with jewelry

    a big fat set of diamond earrings hanging from the Ghandle should do the trick...... ;D

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    "Look what I found just collecting dust in <insert obscure junk shop in a far away location that you legitimately had reason to travel to, but she wont> dear!"

    8-)

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    ive got myself a tempo brand one from kmart, same type that andy used in his roasting demo at celebrate the bean this year

    25 bucks and its ticking along nicely so far, if it acts up on me its a good excuse to get into a gene :P

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Moorville Ive had my Black n Decker popper for a while now and is gong strong after 40 roasts. Its important that whatever popper u get u need t let it cool fully between roasts.

    Have fun u can get some good roasts from popper- maybe lacking a littlein depth of roast but hey for $20 u cant complain. ;)

    next for my Hottop...

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    Dear Popper Pals,

    I would suggest picking up a backup unit from SH shop Thrift/Op/CCs for back-to-back roasts, comfort/emergency use, pay around $5 when available; its called averaging down.
    Thats a lot of comfort security per dollar.
    How much security per $ with a HT?
    Dont tell me Im cheap, I know it.

    Kind Regards
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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Quote Originally Posted by 484848464A43434040250 link=1245147485/13#13 date=1250771470
    Moorville Ive had my Black n Decker popper for a while now and is gong strong after 40 roasts. Its important that whatever popper u get u need t let it cool fully between roasts.
    Good advice mmm, I did 5 roasts on the hop with my B&D early days and killed it which was a blessing as it got me into the wonderful world of Corretto!! :) ;D ;D

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    I finally bit the bullet and purchased a Breville Crazy Popper 4 weeks ago and havent looked back. I have had some pretty successful roasts, however I just couldnt keep up to the demand of beans we needed. So, last week my new Gene Cafe arrived and Im cranking out 250+gms at a time. Now all I need is a bit of refinement and practice. Thanks for getting me hooked!! ;D

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    This is a post script to this thread I starded in August 2009.

    In September I lashed out and purchased a Gene Cafe and was that was the start of bigger things to come...

    This week I actually ordered my 5kg Has Garanti, so things have progressed since the BBQ and the popper!

    Watch out... those little green beans are addictive!

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    i have a mistral movie fun popcorn maker. would that be suitable for roasting? The power is 850W.

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Thats how I started, throw 80gms of green an in and give it a spin. You may need to construct an extention chimney, but that can be made from an old soup can. The beans will try and jump out as they roast and enlarge. Good luck!

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    I say skip the popper and get a Corretto setup.

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Quote Originally Posted by 6F4D4D5047544B4E4E477D704D4351564750220 link=1245147485/17#17 date=1271467311
    This is a post script to this thread I starded in August 2009.

    In September I lashed out and purchased a Gene Cafe and was that was the start of bigger things to come...

    This week I actually ordered my 5kg Has Garanti, so things have progressed since the BBQ and the popper!

    Watch out... those little green beans are addictive!
    ;D Fantastic! From popper to Has Garanti in 9 months. Congrats on the upgrade. ;)

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Quote Originally Posted by 624E5B5B70644641482F0 link=1245147485/20#20 date=1273113190
    I say skip the popper and get a Corretto setup.
    Sorry, dont agree with that philosophy....

    You can learn an awful lot from Popper Roasting and if things wrong every now and again during the learning phase, then youre only risking ~100g batches. With a Corretto, KKTO, Behmor, etc the batches can be anything from 500g and up. The other advantage the popper has over larger batch roasters for home use, is that sometimes you may want to roast quite small batches for blending purposes, e.g. Some of our great CS Robusta that Andy manages to acquire from time to time.

    Also, roasting with a popper is a heap of fun while being a great learning tool for the uninitiated.... 8-)

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

    Agreed.

    Whilst I did not go the usual path of upgrading machines and grinders and am pleased about that, I think that learning about roasting by starting with a popper is a good idea.

    You can then progress to larger batches with a bowl and heatgun and learn some more etc etc.

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    Re: What do you look for when buying a popcorn maker for roasting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1A362323081C3E3930570 link=1245147485/20#20 date=1273113190
    I say skip the popper and get a Corretto setup. *
    I think the popper is a very important step in learning, even if its only for a month or so.

    The best thing i learned very quickly on the popper was the cracks, its just so easy to hear the difference between 1st and Second crack, and if you wait long enough, you cant really avoid getting to second crack as the only control you have as a novice is the on/off button, and the only gauge you have is sight smell and sound, with a bowl and heatgun setup, you may not be apply enough heat or get hesitant and second crack may never come as was suspected in another thread recently. The corretto is GREAT innovation but it is definitely the next step up

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